Monday, June 27, 2016

Special 90 minute Workshop - Applying the Moral Premise

Join us Saturday, July 9 from 10:30 am-12:30 pm, as we welcome author and speaker, J.A. Marx, with her hands-on workshop “Applying the Moral Premise.” As this is a 90-minute, hands-on workshop, the meeting will start at 10:30 am with her presentation from 11:00 am-12:30 pm.

According to J.A. all authors want to hear “I stayed up all night because I couldn’t put your book down!” But how do we draw readers in and make them stay? “By cementing your story together with a moral premise.

J.A.’s 90-minute, hands-on workshop is based on “The Moral Premise,” by Stanley Williams. In her workshop, J.A. will help you add emotional depth to your characters in a way that will connect with your readers on a heart level. Come prepared to practice what is presented, share ideas with fellow writers, and take home solid concepts that could thrust your writing to the next level. Laptop, tablet or other note taking devices highly encouraged for brainstorming and creating.

Cost for this event is $20 per guest. J.A. is gifting a portion of the event to her fellow ACFW DFW members. Cost of the event for current members is $9 (plus the regular $2 monthly fee if not paid in advance). Event sign-up is encouraged at

Multi-published J.A. (Julie) Marx writes "Fiction that Mends Hearts." Her vision is to write stories in a way that helps the reader experience the healing, freedom, and equipping along with the characters. She writes both Psychological Suspense and Romantic Suspense.

Aside from dabbling in articles, devotionals and posting a weekly blog, she has co-authored three Christmas novellas, “The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt” (2013), “A Ruby Christmas” (2014), and “Christmas Apples” (2015). Her novella, “Mirror, Mirror,” was released in April as part of a compilation. Her psychological suspense trilogy, “The Destiny Series,” released in 2014 and her latest novel, “Family Lies Deadly Ties,” was recently released in May.

J.A.’s hobbies include painting, fitness, and nutrition. When not writing she enjoys hanging out with her daughter, son, daughter-in-love, and her adorable grandchildren. She gets immense satisfaction from serving at Gateway Church.

J.A. enjoys hearing from readers. Here’s how you can connect with her:

NOTE: As this is a slightly longer workshop than normal, bottled water and light snacks will be provided but please join us afterward for a Dutch-treat luncheon for further fellowship and networking with fellow writers – both novice and skilled.

DFW Ready Writers meetings are held at the 
1715 W. Randol Mill Rd, in Arlington  
(click on name for map)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Writing Emotions of Your Story

Please join us on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 10:30am, as we welcome Kellie Coates Gilbert presenting “Writing the Emotions of Your Story”.  
What does writing the emotions of your story mean, you ask? Kellie gives us a clue, “Ever pick up a book intending to read only one chapter before bed, but you look up to find it’s the wee hours of the morning? Learn how bestselling authors keep readers turning pages with emotionally-driven novels that make readers feel like they are actually a part of the action. The result? Fans who will want to take that ride with you again and again!”
Kellie has been described by RT Book Reviews as a “deft, crisp story- teller.” Her Texas Gold books were featured as Barnes & Noble Top Shelf Picks and were included on Library Journal’s Best Book List of 2014.
Born and raised in Idaho, Kellie now lives with her husband of 35 years in Dallas, where she spends most days by her pool drinking sweet tea and writing the stories of her heart. Her next book, What Matters Most, will be released in July, 2016.
Kellie invites readers to connect with her on:
Facebook: Kellie Coates Gilbert, Author        
Twitter: @KCoatesGilbert 

DFW Ready Writers meetings are held at the 
1715 W. Randol Mill Rd, in Arlington  
(click on name for map)
For those that would like to continue with fellowship and networking after the meeting, a Dutch treat lunch follows at a nearby restaurant.

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